fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Two more ATCs… well why stop now?

So yes I’ve finished the 365 challenge … but I still have some ATCs up my sleeve so to speak! 

Here are two Halloween ones which I am entering into the halloween challenge at alwaysfunchallenges.

Using Tim Holtz stamps and some fun different mediums I created these little ATCs … just because! 

So whilst the challenge is over the ATCs keep on coming! Enjoy! 

Happy crafting!


Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Postcard swap… Happy halloween

So today’s post is a about a postcard I made several weeks ago for a swap for halloween…

I started with a base on which I added lots of the seedless preserves distress ink.  Then I took another piece of cardstock and added lots of orange and yellows.  Then I added distress glaze through a stencil and then added the ground espresso distress stain over the top. The distress glaze provided some resist but it wasn’t very precise.  But I didn’t mind I still like the effect. 

Next I tore the piece to add onto the top of the seedless preserves piece and glued it down. 

Then I started heat embossing… first the sentiment and spider in Black powder. Then I added the outline to the torn piece using the embossing pen and black powder. Then I added the stenxil back over the top and pressed versamark through and clear embossed… this provided some fab texture.  I think you can see it best on this closeup.

So I loved creating this spooky postcard and I hope the recipient enjoyed it too! 

Happy crafting!!!


Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Halloween Pocket letter 354-362

Spooky goings on in my craftroom… well spooky stamps and stencils at least. 

I joined in a project letter swap where the theme was Halloween as I wanted an opportunity to use my limited Halloween supplies! 

And determined not to just use my trusty oxides I decided to grab a selection of distress inks instead and my mini rectangle gelli plate. 

I love this technique for adding a simple background for atcs which has plenty of interest.

I added the ink and then sprayed water to the gelli plates and made all nine panels by layering the different colours.

Next I cut them up, masked the white edges and started applying black Dylusions paint through stencils.  I kept a few without stencilling too.  I made a mess on the one with the web later so made another one and didn’t add the web the second time.

Next it was time to add stamping… some were stamped directly onto the cards, some embossed and others onto pieces of white card and then cut out.

I then added a few extra features to some of the elements.  The pic above is before loose pieces were stuck down. 

I added hand drawn elements for embossing using the orange, clear and black embossing powders.  This added some extra fun to some of the images. I also added a little bit of water colouring for the witches face.  Next it was time to assemble and put them into the pocket letter.

I decided that a few needed some additional elements…. for some it was additional stamping and others it was some added bling… the cat even got some googly eyes! 

Here is how it finished up… 

I really love how it looks with those arty backgrounds and the white edges.  I’m going to have to keep playing with the gelli plate to make more like this… maybe for Christmas ones? 

I added goodies to each pocket and a little note in true PL style and hopefully the recipient likes the full gift!   

And as for the challenge… well that’s another 9… taking me to 362! 3 more to go! 

Happy crafting! 


Tim Holtz

Poisonous inchiesĀ 


A quick post with some inchies I made for a swap… 

I added some Tangerine Tango and Tangelo Twist ink to the mixed media cardstock. I then added some stamping using the Tim Holtz stamps. Then I inked the Poison stamp and stamped that.  I also added a little Dusty Concord sponging to the edges. 

Cute and spooky! Love them.

And then a mini disaster struck… one got lost in the post. Yes the envelope carrying these and some other swap items got damaged and one Inchie slipped away. So I had to make one more to send onto the swap organiser (didn’t want anyone to go short!) So I made this… 

Same technique and colour and a different focal stamp! 

Happy crafting! 


Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Halloween card swap


Today I have a card I’ve made for a swap with UK stampers forum. The theme for the card is Halloween.

I inked up the panel using Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade distress oxides. I then added some splodges of water and dried off the panel. I then used a stencil to add the cobweb. 

Next I embossed the sentiment using Black embossing powder.  The skeleton I then heat embossed using white powder onto the black cards and cut it out. 

I added it to the card using the pinflair glue gel.  

I am also entering this into the challenge of Anything Goes at

Happy crafting!


fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Tim Holtz, YouTube video

Seasons postcard


Today I have a postcard I made for a swap to share. The theme was seasons and I decided to do something a bit different. 

I had a catalogue to hand of the autumn collection from Joe Brown’s  (I love their clothes) and so went through cutting out collage papers.  I then painted most of the postcard in autumn fire fresco finish paints. At this point I thought to switch the camera on… link to video

I finally ended up with this fun postcard with a Teesha Moore style border and a Tim Holtz paper pieced model! 

Super happy with how this turned out! Such a fun project to put together. 

Happy crafting! 


Butterfly basics, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Finnabair, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Spread your wings art journal page

Yes it is finally a none Christmas related post… it is mixed media art journaling time! And boy has it been a while since I did a page in my journal just for me! 

This is the full spread… And here are some close ups… 

I love these warm colours and all of the texture and pattern from using the pieces of patterned paper.

Happy crafting!